Hybrid Page Layout Analysis via Tab-Stop Detection


A new hybrid page layout analysis algorithm is proposed, which uses bottom-up methods to form an initial data-type hypothesis and locate the tab-stops that were used when the page was formatted. The detected tab-stops are used to deduce the column layout of the page. The column layout is then applied in a top-down manner to impose structure and reading-order on the detected regions. The complete C++ source code implementation is available as part of the Tesseract open source OCR engine at